Hey Produce Man!

Hello fellow bloggymabobber peeps!  I know, it’s been a long time since I wrote anything.  Let me tell you about the week or so in this installment of The Commissary Diaries.

A lot has been going on.  I have had my hours increased at work and I’ve been really sick.  It felt like the world collapsed on me.  I woke up, went to work, came home, fell asleep and repeat.  I had no time to do anything.  I didn’t even grocery shop.  I was living off of deli made sandwiches and protein bars.

I am having a hard time trying to recall the past few weeks in my head now.  It has been all a blur.

I got sick the day I had to man the self checkout registers* for 8 hours.  The one thing that really sticks in my mind was this one customer telling me she was just getting over the flu and a sinus infection.  I think she touched me or I was a little to close to her when she was talking.  Either way I figure got her cooties.  Since that day my head has felt as if it is 3 times it’s normal size (and I have a big head to begin with), my nose won’t stop running but yet it’s always clogged, my legs are weak and my lower back hurts as if I’ve been carrying a refrigerator all day.  Did I mention the frequent sneezing jags and liquids shooting out of both ends?  You’re welcome for the visual (if you didn’t have one, you do now).

I’m not looking for a pity party from ya but some hot chicken soup would be gladly accepted and appreciated if sent my way.

*Side not on the self checkout registers: There is nothing self checkouty about them with our customers.  I would say 90% of the customers are morons and should not be allowed to use them.  I proposed a test for all customers and if they don’t get a specific score they are restricted to only have other people ring them up.  Of course I was laughed at.  But I could have eliminated most people with my first question.  If you’re curious about the question, here it is: Have you ever successfully checked yourself out at our self checkout registers without any assistance?  That would constituted an immediate 95% failure off the bat.

A lot has been going on a work.  Not that you care and don’t worry I won’t give you the step by step story.  A few weeks ago we closed the store down for 3 days to do a reset of all the shelved items (that would be approximately all 20,000 different sku’ed items).  It was a total cluster F#@&.  Needless to say we are still reeling from the poor leadership of the change.  And of course since we reopened customers unload their dislike on us poor innocent cashiers.  There is no one for us to tell cause no one cares.  So, whatever….

My supervisor recently left for a new job in a different agency.  Right before that she denied my leave to go to my best friend’s wedding.  I’m beyond PO’ed.  I got this story about how she knew she was leaving so she passed it off to the person that is replacing her.  Meantime, two other people had submitted leave for the approximate same time and she approved theirs.  So no open bar for me at my buddies wedding.

I do have some good news though.  Out of the dust always rises the Phoenix, right?  Well, sort of.  Prior to my supervisor leaving she had to give everyone their “yearly” performance reviews.  Keep in mind I have only been there for 4-5 months.  I asked why I even received one since I have not been able to experience everything possible within that 1 year time frame.  “Oh, it’s just standard procedure that we do this regardless of your tenure.”  I call Horse Ish!  Well I didn’t receive a poor review just not an extremely great one.  I was rated as average or according to their terminology “Fully Acceptable.”  Basically that means no raise or bonus right now.  It’s all good because I know I’m a good employee.  I out work others around me on a daily basis with no desire to brown nose the bosses (like the ones who received bonuses and raises).  There’s more to the story but it’s all just a rant on my part.  So I will spare you the drama.

On to the rising Phoenix!  Yeah, about that no raise and no bonus……I got a promotion instead.  You now know the new Produce Man of the base commissary!  If this were a true promotion there would have been a substantial raise and actual GS level increase.  But since it’s just a move it is only a prestige thing for now.  In the future it could become an all around true promotion.  Either way, I now get to feel up your fruit before you buy it. 🙂

Oh and I’m also feeling much better now.

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

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Debate Of The Week #6

It must be Friday because it’s time to drop your socks and grab your tux again for Big Mike’s Debate of the Week! Wait Wait Wait!  It’s not Friday, it’s Wednesday!

Well, sorry I missed last week but life happens.  And this week I will be in Chi-Town for Easter.  I just wanted to get you a little something to hold you over for the holiday until I get back.

Two weeks ago I asked you, if you had a choice of the following which one would it be and why?  A Blood Lusting Zombie, A normal Run of The Mill Vampire, A Bad Ass Throat Ripping Werewolf, or The Last Human on Earth.

Many of you surprised me by wanting to face the world as The Last Human on Earth.  I’m not sure I have a strong enough mental state to do that.  Plus I would want to try being something I was not before I leave this world.  I’m adventurous that way.  So for those who chose to be the human, remember I gave you the choice to be something different when I show up at your door or cave or wherever as the Bad Ass Throat Ripping Werewolf.

On to the Debate Of The Week!

Wooo Hooo, we are coming up to a bunch of Federally recognized holidays.  Alright, so we really aren’t but that statement makes this post work.  Cut me some slack here.

So back to the glory I intended.  Yeah!  Free days off from work.  That is if you are employed.  Which I can happily say I will be as of Monday April 9.

So here is the Debate of the week.  If you could choose the day that holidays are recognized what day would that be?  Let me clarify.

Here is a list of 2012 US Federally recognized holidays.

Monday, January 2 New Year’s Day
Monday, January 16 Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, February 20 Washington’s Birthday
Monday, May 28 Memorial Day
Wednesday, July 4 Independence Day
Monday, September 3 Labor Day
Monday, October 8 Columbus Day
Monday, November 12 Veterans Day
Thursday, November 22 Thanksgiving Day
Tuesday, December 25 Christmas Day

Now you can see that most industries’ employees get the benefit of usually getting the day after a weekend off (unless you are in retail or other service type industry).

So here is my clarification to the question.

Now that you can see the days that the holidays fall on, is this the ideal day off for you?  Or would you rather your place of employment give you Fridays off instead of the Federally accepted Monday off?  Another way to look at what I’m asking is; would you rather have the long weekend start on a Friday and end on a Sunday or begin on a Saturday and end on Monday?

Does that make sense?  Too bad if it doesn’t.  Go back to work then if you want to nit pick.  No Holidays For You!  And you have to pay extra for bread!

I view holidays like the back of your head if you had a mullet.  You know, business in the front, party in the back.

For me the decision is null right now since I’m technically unemployed until after Easter.  But I could see voting being a 50/50 split.  I guess I would prefer to only work Monday – Thursday and have the week end for me sooner (in my own little bubble this works).  But then I can see where people dread Mondays.

I say for those of you that dread Mondays, drink more coffee and deal with it.  I want my Fridays off!

I guess our system of holidays could be a little more jacked up or overwhelming.  Take for example, Japan.  They have random holidays.  About 18+ holidays.  Here is a little snippet.

My favorites were midori no hi (Greenery Day) observed at the beginning of May.  This is just to celebrate an old emperor’s love for plants.

How about kodomo no hi (Children’s Day).  On this day parents spend the day with their children, usually the boys and they go out for food and a day of fun.  It’s supposed to be about planning and nurturing the child’s future.

This one always got me, taiiku no hi (Health and Sports Day).  The day is to celebrate the opening day of the Olympics back in 1964.  Talk about extending the memory….

One last thing on Japanese holidays.  I know there are some Valentine’s Day Haterade drinkers out there, so this is for you.  They don’t just have one Valentine’s Day, they have two.  The first one is for the guy to receive gifts; actually on Valentine’s Day(14 Feb), and the other is for the woman in mid March, called White Day.  Be glad you are in the US, haters.

Alright time to reel this post back in to it’s intended purpose.

Where do you stand?  What is better? Get Friday off and go back to work Monday or Get Saturday thru Monday off and back to the grindstone on Tuesday?  Or would you like your days off at another time?

Let’s hear it.  Sound off!

One last thing for ya.  A few helpful tips for your Easter weekend:

1) If you’re getting melted chocolate all over your fingers, you’re eating it too slow!

2) If you can’t eat all of your chocolate, it can be kept in the freezer for some time.  But if you can’t eat it all, what’s wrong with you?

3) Chocolate has a lot of preservatives.  It makes you look younger.  So eat up!

4) In my world; chocolate covered raisins, cherries, oranges, and strawberries count as fruit.  So eat as much as you want.

5) If you’re trying to loose weight, try eating a chocolate egg before every meal.  This way it will suppress your appetite and therefore you will eat less during meal time.

 

 

 

Have a Happy Easter!